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Namaste - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,238 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 123
Gots: 356 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A witbier bursting with good karma. Made with dried organic orange slices, fresh-cut lemongrass and a bit of coriander, this Belgian-style white beer is a great thirst quencher.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009)
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Photo of jorg2619
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking in Jan brewed in 2010 prob a bit older

The appearance is a bright golden yellow beer with a fluffy head that quickly declines into a ring. Also lots of floating good stuff in this beer. This beer smells like summer for sure, I detect lemon, lime, an almost sour edge to the mild grass and clover essence. This bottle tasted very thin and bitter. I detected a strong lemon tartness and I detected the coriander in the background. This is a very refreshing and mild brew a good relaxer.

jorg2619, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of spdyfire83
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

28th Review
Bottle to Dark Lord (mini) snifter.

L: Hazy white - quite a bit of sediment, but it looks nice...like an angel. No real head on vigorous pour.

S: Banana, lemon, nuts, wheat, grass, flowers. Complex, yet simple.

T: Caramel sweet upfront with a hint of hay. Nice and smooth. Well-balance spice - coriander, pepper, thyme (maybe). Refreshing!

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

O: A very interesting beer...not what I was expecting. Fits well within the style and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Well done!

spdyfire83, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of EricMichael
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Namaste
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Milton, Delaware, United States
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.00 %

appearance - Probably the most white witbier I've seen in a long time. Part of the white comes from a whole mess of white yeast floating in it. I have never such so much floating yeast - almost chunky. Decent head after pour that quickly dwindles. Very light lacing.

smell - More lemon than orange and a light hint of corriander

taste & mouthfeel - Feels very heavy with a yeast bite with lemon corriander flavor. More heavy on feel than flavor.

overall - Looks great even from a distance and taste that delivers. Not top-tier, but great for a summer day!

EricMichael, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hay colored with a haze, fair head retention with a little lace and plenty of carbonation. Hay and a touch of citrus in the aroma. Nice carbonation profile up front and in the middle. Grain, coriander, and lemongrass are present in the middle with a little bit of soap on the back end. Faint bitterness. Medium body leaning toward the light side.

LittleDon, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Quarter of a finger of white frothy head, translucent yellow, slightly hazy, some sediment towards the bottom of the bottle. Average carbonation. Leaves some layered lacing.

S- Sweet Lemon, orange, wheat, some floral scents (coriander) mixed with grass. Fairly aromatic, can detect the scent a few feet away.

T- Lemon, orange, a little bit of coriander, a little bit sweet, with a bitter citrus finish. Nice sweet aftertaste that lingers for a few minutes.

M- Medium bodied to a little bit on the light side but still supporting sort of a creamy mouthfeel. Well balanced and goes down smooth.

O- This was a great wheatbeer. I'm usually not a huge fan of wheat beers, but I couldn't definitely see my self drinking this on a regular basis if it were in 6-packs. I liked how it a good balance between the orange, lemon, sweet, and bitter tastes. This would definitely make a great beer to have on hot summer days. I would definitely recommend trying some.

jaasen64, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Namaste, like all their other brews, comes to us with a little hype and a little catch. Dogfish has had some trouble supplying all the markets lately, so quantities are again pretty limited. Described on the website as a Belgian-style White, made with orange slices, lemongrass, and coriander, the Namaste is sure to be interesting.

The Namaste pours into my Duvel glass a light yellow/golden color, and very hazy. It's not completely opaque, but about as opaque as I've seen an American made White. The head is nice and thick, lots of carbonation makes for a soft, fluffy, one-inch foam.

Aromas fill my nose with light citrus notes, the lemon and orange is fairly evident. It doesn't smell nearly as full or spicy as I expected though. I'm not really getting any coriander, but there is a distinct yeasty layer to it. Overall the aromas are very soft, but definitely a bit interesting.

Once I take a sip, wow is that tasty! Very smooth and refreshing, yet complex and interesting at the same time. Just a tiny bit of hops shows through the light citrus wheat beer. Very creamy mouth feel, very subtle nuance of the yeasty citrus beer.

I think many of the American imitations in the Belgian White style fall short of greatness. Several brand names come to mind, eh-hem Blue Moon, that are just mediocre representations of really great styles. The Dogfish Head Namaste doesn't fall into that category. Refreshing and smooth, yet fairly full and complex. This is one of the best American imitations I've seen.

TheCorkStopsHere, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of joe12pk
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Hazy lemonade. Two inch head dissipates rather quickly but keeps a foamy layer on top throughout. Nice lacing.

S - Lemongrass, oranges, and some wheat.

T - Lemongrass slightly dominates with juicy orange and coriander. Peppercorn at the end is a stroke of genius.

M - Medium light

O - This is my first stab at a Dogfish brew and am quite impressed. Highly drinkable and refreshing. Great session beer. If you can find it, buy it!

joe12pk, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light lemon gold color with a small white head, which has good retention, and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has oranges, lemongrass, coriander, and wheat.

Tastes lightly sweet and easy to drink with oranges, lemongrass, coriander and wheat. Light and refreshing. Tastes great on a hot summer day like today.

Light bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes dry, and has a light orange and lemongrass aftertaste.Very nice taste for a 4.80 % abv beer. Worth trying if you get the chance.

hardy008, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of GameOfBeers
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of bmoraymond
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

bmoraymond, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of Tylertut
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

Tylertut, Monday at 03:28 PM
Photo of polopaul20
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

polopaul20, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Danno48
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

Danno48, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of Blackpond
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

Blackpond, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of LuckyDuck9
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%

LuckyDuck9, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a stemmed strange)
bottles 2011 1074
A- The slightly hazy lemon-yellow body grows hazier with each pour and starts to lean toward an orange hue. There is matrix of microbubbles that support a creamy sticky white head that hangs in sheets to the glass as I sip.
S- The dried lemon and orange peel notes are soft but full and are supported by a rustic white bread character in the background.
T- There is a nice dried orange taste with some lemon grass notes that come through as the beer opens. There is a good wheat flavor to follow with a finish of soft dry green hops that snaps with a dry spice hint in the finish.
M- the medium-light mouthfeel has a flat texture on the tongue but a fizz prick in the finish.
O- The subtle herbal qualities of lemon, orange and lemongrass have a nice bready support with little yeast characteristic and just a touch of spice note but that is fine. It paired well with a mild Fontina.

rhoadsrage, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, hazy bright yellow with a pillowy, pure-white head. Nose is full of wheat, citrus, and spice.

Cool and refreshing on the tongue, the perfect cool-down from a spicy Thai dinner. Coriander and herbal tones stand out on the tongue, with some faint citrus. I'm obsessed with lemongrass so I kind of wish it came through more, but it's handled with a light touch typical of DFH -- meaning it's a nice brew for anyone, not just lemongrass heads.

A great summer beer, with an added dimension to most witbiers. Nice job.

RockyTopHeel, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Namaste is a light and refreshing witbier with subtle grass and lemon flavours.

A: Yellow colour and a 1 cm head that fades to lacing. This is a very highly carbonated beer. 4.5

S: The smell is very wheaty with a hint of lemon and yeast. It has a very fresh smell. 4

T: The main flavours are lemon and grassiness. There is a little bit of tang in the aftertaste too. It's a tasty and refreshing beer, but maybe a little watery. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: Refreshing.

vandemonian, May 15, 2011
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this for the first time at the DFH Brewery's post-tour beer tasting.

A - Golden color, slightly hazy which I attribute to the style. Little to no head.

S - Nice citrusy smell, mix of orange and lemon with a slight clove/spicy smell.

T - Very nice taste of citrus and spicyness. Nothing is too overpowering.

M - Very light on the tongue. Being a DFH fan, this is the "smoothest" mouthfeel of any of their beers I've tried. Usually their beers are pretty aggressive which is more of my style.

D - Great drinkability. Super light, easily could down a bunch of these due to the low ABV (5%) and the overall lightness of the style. I bought a bottle after tasting since my fiance (who isn't a real beer drinker let alone a hoppy IPA DFH drinker) really loved this beer. An overall good beer for its style....Cheers!

BuxMontBeerLover, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow that's vibrant and lively when held up to the afternoon sunlight. A small cloud of yeast sediment can be seen floating towards the center of the glass. The head is thick and frothy, bleach white in color, but eventually fades down to a dense, creamy cap. Abundant white lacing down the glass is gorgeous.

S: Mostly spice up front. Allspice and light peppercorn. Some soft citrus as well, namely lemon zest. Slight hints of malt give a very weak, but present bready sweetness. Nothing outstanding in the nose, but a well-executed textbook example of the style.

T: The flavors are nearly the same as the nose foreshadowed, however the order of dominance has been rearranged. Lemongrass is the frontrunner, with less of an allspice flavor and more of a clove and coriander mix. The lemongrass weaves in and out and really adds a nice herbal touch to the zestiness of the cloves. Malts make a shy appearance bringing a soft offering of banana bread-like sweetness. Finish is mostly coriander.

M: I don't love the body, but I don't hate it either. It falls into the "just good" pool. A light medium body offers superb drinkability, but the hints of creaminess that I look for in wits falls to the wayside a bit and the carbonation that was effervescent airy upon pouring has settled down and become almost lackluster. Like I said, it's not bad. It's just... there.

O: I've sadly forgotten how much I love witbiers lately and Dogfish Head has done a wonderful job of providing a liquid reminder of why I was so attracted to them in the first place. Delicate summer-like flavors infused with the wonderful touch of lemongrass makes this a perfect mid-afternoon beverage. I was, however, fairly disappointed with the mouthfeel, which is rare for me to say about a Dogfish Head offering. I'm hoping it was just a fluke, but it's not enough for me to shy away from recommending this Wit to others. A fine example of a fine style.

ThePaintedGrey, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 22 oz bomber bottle of a large weiss beer glass.

A: Light golden ale with huge frothy white head that lasts forever.

S: Strong aroma of lemon, citrus, and wheat. Floral fruity scents fill the nostrils with each sip.

T: A spicy yet easily drinkable Witbier. Tastes of lemon, citrus, and coriander. Pretty mild on the alcohol and hops.

M: Light body and medium carbonation

O: Another interesting brew by dogfish head. It was a refreshing beer to have to have on a hot day,

ckollias, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: To me, this beer is not a very appealing color. Kind of a murky yellow lemonade-like color. Small amount of frothy white head that has little retention and leaves a random smattering of lacing.

S: Floral aroma, reminiscent of Jasmine, with yeasty banana, a spiciness (presumably from the coriander, though I have only ever used fresh coriander and am unfamiliar with the seeds) and finishing with citrus and lemongrass. Complex and very pleasant.

T: Clove spiciness mixed with, again, what is presumably coriander. Hints of the lemongrass play around the edges and the finish is very yeasty. Really a crisp and refreshing beer, though it is pretty sweet.

M: Light with moderate amounts of carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling clean.

O: Really a pleasant beer. Reminiscent of summer. Not really my cup of tea, I don't think that I would ever seek this beer out but it was enjoyable to have it once and I could see some people really going for it. Big on the spice, citrus and yeast and a nice wheat beer.

DaveBlack, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of specksnreds
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like lemons. What a refreshing delight, what with its super bubbly personality. Giant cumulus head magically parts at the command of my gob. High quench factor with little bitter in this spicy concoction. What a dry ride this one was. Get it. My gob commands it.

specksnreds, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 brew poured into a DFH snifter from a 750 ml bottle giving way to precisely 2 fingers of white delicate fluff, gorgeous hazy yellow golden with orange hues showing presence, minimal lacing.

S - Strong corainder and orange fruity esters that are over taken by lemon in the back which lingers in the nose.

T - Accurately follows the aroma adding a touch of honey the flavor transitions flow with a great smoothness ending with the lemongrass being most present which becomes a pleasant change of direction for a wit, the hops are present but subtle and come and go, wheat grains are here for balance but in the end everything bows to the zesty lemongrass in the back. quite refreshing

M - Carbonated is on point, being light but there to accompany the silk smooth medium to light body. This beer is so soothing i feel like it can rehabilitate a battered palate.

O - Awesome twist from DFH and not surprised at all, can't wait to enjoy this under the sun next time, very easy to drink, with that being said i almost wish it had more of an alcohol presence. yes i understand it is a wit but maybe a little more kick would be nice. The biggest knock i have on this brew is its $11 dollar price tag a bit steep to me.

JayAre46, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
A light hazy golden beer with a thick white head of approximately 2 fingers. Sediment catching rides on bubbles of co2 continue to oscillate around my glass as I agitate its golden contents. A very summery drink, my glass has light condensation on it as the beer is being served at approximately 40 degrees.

Smell:
Spicy citrus, orange, and biscuit. Heavy on the wheat and yeast, little bitterness at all. Rays of the sun shining through my glass on a dreary rain/snow season metamorphosis of a day. A light berry fruitiness from the yeast intertwines with the modest %abv and nothing overpowers.
Summary: Balanced and summery

Taste:
Summer loving. I would love this beer on a cool summer day, I may buy another one just to enjoy several months from now. Light like a fluffy wheat biscuit with a little bit of citrus and spice from the coriander and lemongrass (although the lemongrass is definitely secondary to the coriander).

Mouthfeel:
Light to medium bodied beverage, but not watery. Initially sweet on the palate. However, the beer has an inherent richness from the yeast and wheat. The beer is almost sour in the aftertaste, very little bitterness.

Drinkability:
Light and refreshing, alive and breathing as I take generous sips to experience all the sunlight and vitamin D my body has been craving through these long winter months. 5%abv makes it so an entire bottle an easy feat compared to most DFH special releases. Also for only $8, it doesn't hit the wallet as hard as expected, I could easily pay that much for a pint of it just to try it. As the world has both Beiber and DFH fever, I'm glad I was able to grab a bottle before it was all gone.

Cheers.

ThePorterSorter, Mar 13, 2011
Namaste from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.